Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler

Associate Professor of the Practice and Program Coordinator

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MArch, University of Texas at Austin BArch,
Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Dr. Dutta-Koehler is interim program coordinator for the programs in City Planning and Urban Affairs. She has over sixteen years of experience as an educator, researcher, and practitioner in the fields of urban planning and architecture. She has been an adjunct professor at MET since 2006, and received the Dean’s Citation for Teaching Excellence in 2011. Her recent scholarship focuses on climate change adaptation in urban South Asia and sustainability in the built environment. She has previously explored topics ranging from Colonial-era urban planning in India and modern-day U.S. “company towns,” to the hybridized and virtual milieus in the “new frontiers” of digital architecture.

Dr. Dutta-Koehler has her own international architectural practice specializing in urban residential design. In addition to her experience in India’s Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) and with Marks Design Group in San Antonio, Texas, she has also worked on various international design competitions and projects during her career. Her architectural designs and planning solutions have won awards from the Building and Social Housing Foundation (World Habitat Award), Indian Institute of Architects, American Institute of Architects, and U.S. Department of Energy, among others.

Apart from her work in the fields of architecture and planning, she has also held tenure-track academic appointments at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She has taught in the fields of architecture, urban design, and urban planning for over fifteen years. Her teaching reflects a praxis-oriented pedagogy, through which she challenges students to apply classroom lessons to real-world issues in socio-cultural, economic, physical, and political contexts. She moreover draws upon two decades of eclectic artistic pursuits, including photography, graphic arts, and Indian classical dance, to inform her design sensibility.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Registered architect (Indian Council of Architecture)
  • Associate Member. AIA
  • Nominated Member, SIGraDI Scientific Review Committee (Sociedad Iberoamericana de Gráfica Digital)
  • Member, Boston Society of Architects